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  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    A complicated family story that takes place in three distinct time periods, and that's handled with astonishing ease and fluidity by director Claude Miller. show more

  • 60
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Beautifully acted and exquisitely photographed, director Claude Miller's superb drama, from Philippe Grimbert's autobiographical novel, is awash with the ripples created by unlived lives. show more

  • 70
    Bob Mondello NPR

    Claude Miller's ravishingly shot drama A Secret gives up its titular mystery early, so it may seem odd to speak of the suspense it generates. show more

  • 88
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    A gripping mystery and an ever-timely reminder of the terrible power of repression and silence. show more

  • 75
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    The acting is exceptional. If parts of A Secret veer toward soap opera, the ensemble work reduces the suds to a minimum. show more

  • 50
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    The fractured timeline covers five decades, which Miller weaves together, with the past shot in color and the present in black and white. Still, the soapy climax is unnecessary. show more

  • 50
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    A structural mess that turns contrived just when it should be hitting home. show more

  • 75
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    The filmmaker's decision to shoot the past in color and the present in murky black and white is an inspired visual translation of psychological truth. show more

  • 80
    Andrew O'Hehir Salon.com

    A clanking, old-fashioned period drama infused with almost unbearable grief, Claude Miller's film A Secret has an enormous significance in France that it can never possess elsewhere. show more

  • 80
    A.O. Scott The New York Times

    Nearly every melodramatic impulse has been suppressed in favor of a calm precision that serves both to intensify and delay the emotional impact of the film’s climactic disclosures. show more

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